The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the overweight and obesity as weights greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height; and weights shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate “body mass index” (BMI).
- Overweight: BMI of 25-29.9
- Obese: BMI of 30 or higher
The CDC estimates that 26.7 percent of U.S. adults are obese (2009 data). That’s 2.4 million more than in 2007. An estimated 20.6 percent of Connecticut residents are obese.
A variety of factors can contribute to obesity, including genetics, environment, behavior and others. The Hospital of Central Connecticut's weight-loss programs - both non-surgical and bariatric surgery - are designed to address many of the factors that may be contributing to overweight and obesity.
In addition to bariatric surgeons, our care team includes nurses, psychologists, registered dietitians and exercise physiologists. Along with medical care, we offer assistance with diet and exercise; counseling and support groups; and education.
Research has shown that overweight and obesity increases the risks of:
For people who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight using other means, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery may be an option. Learn more about bariatric surgery procedures
at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.